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  1. £250m plan unveiled to transform part of Lincoln
  2. Guns surrender: 'One less firearm, one less chance of tragedy'
  3. Homelessness on the rise in Lincolnshire
  4. Lincoln's damaged 'Proud Knight' on the road to repair
  5. Updates on Friday 30 June 2017

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By Hope Bolger

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Five things we've learned today

Hope Bolger

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

That's all from me today. We'll be back on Monday from 08:00 with more of the very latest news, sport, weather and travel from across the county.

Until then, I'll leave you with five things we've learned today:

Have a great weekend.

Weather: The sun WILL come out tomorrow

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

It looks like things are picking up in the weather department this weekend...

It'll be dry through much of Saturday and Sunday, with some cloud and prolonged sunny spells.

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Rare Cadbury's gold 'Conundrum' egg to be auctioned

A precious golden egg from a treasure hunt in the 1980s is being auctioned in Lincolnshire with a guide price of between £10,000 to £15,000.

Golden egg

The 22ct gold, enamel engraved Cadbury's egg was part of the Creme Egg Mystery Conundrum hunt in 1983 and held vital clues for treasure seekers.

It weighs 326.6 grams (11.5 oz) and was designed by the Queen's official jeweller at the time - Garrard & Co.

It is due to go under the hammer on Saturday and it will be the first time it has been on public display.

Jail for men over trench wall collapse death

A site manager has been jailed for four years after a grounds worker died when a trench wall collapsed on top of him.

Shane Wilkinson (pictured), 33, of Crowland, Lincolnshire, died on 4 September 2014 at a building site in Collyweston, Northamptonshire.

Shane Wilkinson
Northamptonshire Police

Andrew Winterton, 52, of High Street, Collyweston, was convicted of gross negligence manslaughter at Northampton Crown Court.

Trench digger driver Dean Wortley, 48, of Market Deeping, was jailed for 12 months for health and safety breaches.

Northamptonshire Police said it was the first case of corporate manslaughter successfully tried in the county, after a joint investigation with the Health and Safety Executive.

The court heard Mr Wilkinson was standing next to a deep trench, which had been incorrectly excavated by Wortley.

When the unsecured trench wall collapsed, the father-of-five was completely buried in the rubble and he died at the site.

You can hear more from the case on BBC Look East tonight, at 18:30 on BBC One.

South Kesteven's 'grotspots' in the spotlight

Hope Bolger

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Residents of South Kesteven are being asked by the council to help in The Big Clean, a programme to tidy up the streets from litter, weeds and graffiti.

It wants people, community groups and businesses to report local "grotspots" that need extra attention through their website.

Volunteers are also wanted to help spruce up the area and you'll be able to follow any progress with the hashtag #SKBigClean:

Police appeal over Lincoln park robber

Witnesses to an attempted robbery at Hartshome Park in Lincoln earlier this month are being asked to come forward.

Police have issued this e-fit image in a bid to jog people's memories:

E-fit image
Lincolnshire Police

It happened on the evening of Saturday 10 June when a man in his 20s assaulted a woman when she refused to hand over her jewellery and phone.

Anyone with information is being asked to contact police.

Imps appoint new CEO for Football League 'journey'

Rob Makepeace

BBC Radio Lincolnshire sport

Lincoln City have appointed Liam Scully as their new chief executive.

Liam Scully
Lincoln City

Mr Scully is currently the chief operating officer at Doncaster Rovers.

He's set to take up his role on the Monday after the start of the season.

We are looking forward to welcoming Liam to the club. The board recognised a while ago that once our promotion to the EFL was secured, we'd need to appoint a dynamic CEO to lead the club on our journey through the EFL pyramid."

Bob DorrianLincoln City chairman

Guns surrender: 'One less firearm, one less chance of tragedy'

People in Lincolnshire with unlicensed or unwanted guns and ammunition are being given the chance to put them in "safer hands".

Gun amnesty

Lincolnshire Police's firearms surrender runs for seven days from Monday, with local residents being asked to hand in their guns, war memorabilia and imitation weapons.

Police say the surrender period will "serve as a reminder and an opportunity for people to relieve their homes and their consciences of unlicensed and unwanted weapons".

Temporary Supt Phil Vickers says: "One less firearm means one less opportunity for tragedy.

"The potential for the weapon to cause accidental injury, to fall into the wrong hands or be used in a suicide is removed."

The force's last firearms surrender, in 2014, saw 132 weapons handed in, with officers finding many of these to be shotguns for which a licence was not held, or had expired.

Lincoln to get a rather royal visit

Hope Bolger

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

HRH the Duke of Gloucester will be in Lincoln next Thursday to open Bishop Grosseteste University's latest building and the Battles and Dynasties Exhibition at the Collection.


At the opening of the £2.2m extension to Constance Stewart Hall, the Duke will be introduced to dignitaries at the university including the Bishop of Lincoln and the mayor

The Battles and Dynasties exhibition explores the conflict for the crown from Domesday to present day through documents, paintings and artefacts.

Big day for St Barnabas as it celebrates 35th birthday

Melvyn Prior

Presenter, BBC Radio Lincolnshire

St Barnabas Hospice in Lincoln is marking a milestone birthday today: the centre, on Nettleham Road, opened 35 years ago.

Sue and Melvyn

Ward manager Sue Carter (pictured) says staff pride themselves on looking after the patient and their family.

She told me that recently she even helped organise a wedding at the hospice:

The patient was father of the bride and unfortunately too poorly at the time to actually attend the wedding, so we thought why don't we bring it here? So that's what we did... We had a small select number of people here and thankfully the sun shone on us that day and dad, the patient, was able to have pictures in the garden with his daughter."

Sue CarterWard manager, St Barnabas Hospice

Major new junction officially opened in Immingham

Caroline Brockelbank

BBC Local Live

A new road junction aimed at improving congestion around the Port of Immingham has been officially opened by the government's Maritime Minister:

Highways England has spent over £90m on changes to the A160 and A180, including a new dual carriageway and road bridge for residents.

About 40,000 vehicles are expected to use the new route every day.

The weather for the rest of today

BBC Weather

It's still a rather cloudy day, with some sunny spells in the south of the region.

It should stay dry for many, but some showers are possible:

Weather chart

£250m plan to transform part of Lincoln

Martin Slack

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Multi-million pound plans to transform the western side of Lincoln have been unveiled.

City of Lincoln Council

The City of Lincoln Council scheme includes a 12,000-seater stadium for Lincoln City Football Club and thousands of homes.

The council has revealed its vision for the development - known as the Western Growth Corridor - and says as well as the stadium it will include new road connections, a hotel, 3,200 homes and a leisure centre.

City of Lincoln Council

The proposals, which have been published on the authority's website, are open to public consultation.

The huge site stretches from the A46 bypass in the east to Tritton Road in the west, and from Skellingthorpe Road to the south to the railway close to the University of Lincoln.

A planning application will be submitted in October this year, according to the council.

Delays to next phase of Grantham's relief road

Charlotte Wright

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Work on the next phase of Grantham's relief road has been put back until early next year.

The phase was meant to begin next month.

Clearance work
Lincolnshire County Council

Lincolnshire County Council says maintenance work needs to be carried out on the A1 at Harlaxton.

It's expected this second phase will take around 18 months to complete with an opening in 2019.

New custody unit 'won't impact other police stations'

Lara King

North East Lincolnshire reporter

Outside of Grimsby Police Station

Humberside Police have told us their plans for a new custody suite in Grimsby won't affect other police stations.

They're proposing to build the suite in the West Marsh.

It would replace current custody facilities at Grimsby and Scunthorpe Police Stations.

Ten years of the ban on smoking in pubs: A Lincolnshire view

Katie O'Halloran

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Ten years since the start of the smoking ban in pubs, a Lincolnshire landlady says business couldn't be better.

Man holding lit cigarette

Pubs and clubs had expressed concern ahead of it being introduced as they thought it might kill off the industry.

But Sarah Tonge, landlady of the Shoulder of Mutton Pub in Ruskington, says she doesn't think it's affected trade like many thought it would.

It was very strange, once everybody got used to it they realised it was actually quite a lot better. Especially with our pub being with low-ceilings, the atmosphere and everything is so much nicer and cleaner."

Sarah TongeLandlady

Public Health England says there's good evidence the ban has led to many people stopping people smoking.

Smoking prevalence has gone from over 21% to 14% during the 10 years in the East of England - with 300,000 people quitting smoking in 2007 alone, figures show.

'I heard a very loud creaking noise': Tree falls on car outside Lincoln Station

Hope Bolger

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

A woman who witnessed a tree falling onto a car in Lincoln earlier this week says she was shocked by how fast it happened.

This was the scene on Wednesday:

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The driver wasn't hurt but investigations are being held into why the tree fell down.

Mel Langton, who'd just got off a train, saw it happen:

I heard a very loud creaking noise and I looked up and saw just a massive tree falling down, and it came down so quickly. I kind of gasped and looked round and everyone just started running towards the tree because they realised somebody was under it."

Mel Langton

Man charged over death of Lincoln woman

Charlotte Wright

BBC Radio Lincolnshire News

A man's been charged in connection with the death of a 23-year-old woman from Lincoln.

Dominique Wright was a passenger in a car which crashed between Newark and Nottingham last October.

A 24-year-old man from Lowdham has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving and driving while over the prescribed alcohol limit.

He's due to appear in court next month.

Grimsby Institute ranked 'outstanding'

Grimsby Institute has been ranked as one of the top performing colleges in the country.

Grimsby Institute
Grimsby Institute

Education watchdog Ofsted has awarded it an "outstanding" grade, making it only the second college in this academic year to achieve that across all English further education colleges.

Happy Birthday to Lincoln's Sea Cadets

Hope Bolger

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Lincoln's Sea cadets are celebrating their 75th anniversary today.

Lincoln Cadets
Lincoln Cadets

The organisation was founded in June 1942 and this evening they'll host a ceremony with former cadets and the city'smayor.

Sub Lt Louise Everett is the commanding officer and she says the most rewarding part is seeing the cadets thrive:

We certainly have quite an eclectic group from all sorts of different backgrounds. Some of them really don't get on very well at school and things, but actually down here they really really thrive... If we can give them some skills to take out into the big wide world then I think we've done our job really."

Sub Lt Louise EverettLincoln Cadets

Your Lincolnshire headlines this morning

Charlotte Wright

BBC Radio Lincolnshire News

The top stories so far today from our Lincolnshire newsroom:

  • Homelessness in Lincolnshire is rising, according to official figures
  • One of Lincoln's "knights" has had to be removed for repair work after it was damaged.
  • Lincolnshire RSPCA warns over animals getting trapped in netting

Lincoln's 'Proud Knight' is down...but not out

Lizzie Musham

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

We told you yesterday that one of the Lincoln Knights celebrating the 800th anniversary of the Battle of Lincoln and the sealing of the Charter of the Forest has had to be removed for repair.

Proud Knight
Visit Lincoln

It seems it was damaged when brackets connecting the "Proud Knight" to its plinth broke after someone attempted to get on the back of it.

It's hoped the sculpture will be returned to its position near the Stonebow sometime this morning, joining 35 other "knights" across the city centre.

Homelessness on the rise in Lincolnshire

Sharon Edwards

Political Reporter, BBC Radio Lincolnshire

The number of households making homeless applications to councils in the county has risen by 50% in four years.

Several charities are also reporting a surge in demand over recent months.

I've been for a walk up Lincoln High Street...

The government has pledged extra money to tackle the problem, but Gary Porter, Conservative leader of South Holland District Council and chair of the Local Government Association, is blaming a lack of social housing.

I think it's the only way the council can deal with homelessness on a sustainable footing. But I think by the end of this parliament homelessness will probably be higher than it is now.

Gary Porter

RSPCA warning about Lincolnshire animals getting trapped in netting

David Sykes

Reporter, BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Sixteen animals in Lincolnshire had to be rescued last summer after getting tangled in garden netting.

The RSPCA says foxes, badgers and even deer have been found caught in nets.

Fox stuck in netting

Lee Stewart from the RSPCA says the problem gets worse in the summer months....

Football, garden netting, anything that can actually entangle a wild animal. There's certainly a spike over the summer period, more people are out, more people have their nets down... It's just being thoughtful and making sure that they're putting the nets up at the end of the day when they're finished with them.

Lee StewartRSCPA

Watch: This weekend's weather

Owain Wyn Evans

BBC Look East weather

A rather cloudy, dry day with a few showers developing into the afternoon.

Here's my full forecast:

Good morning - welcome to today's live coverage

Hope Bolger

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Hello from Lincoln. Hope here, ready to bring you all the very latest from across the county.

We'll have news, travel, sport and weather updates for you throughout the day.

Is there something we should know about? You can send us an email or a message on Facebook or Twitter.

Five things we've learned today

Alex Rhodes

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

That's all from me today. We'll be back tomorrow from 08:00 with more of the very latest news, sport, weather and travel from across the county.

Until then, I'll leave you with five things we've learned today:

Have a good evening.

Lincolnshire's weather forecast

Paul Hudson

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

The dismal weather will continue into the night, remaining cloudy and damp with more rain in places.

It should dry out as the night goes on, although the cloud will continue into the early hours of tomorrow.

Temperature chart

Concerns grow over missing Cleethorpes man

There's concern for the health of a man who's gone missing from Cleethorpes.

Ian Fieldsend
Humberside Police

Ian Fieldsend, who's 42, has been missing since 08:00 this morning from Grimsby Road.

Police say he's in need of medication and are asking anyone who may have seen him to call the 101 number.

Sprinklers to be fitted to Scunthorpe high-rise flats

Caroline Bilton

Journalist, BBC Look North

The company operating high-rise buildings in North Lincolnshire has confirmed it will install sprinkler systems in all of its tower blocks.

Tower block in Scunthorpe

Housing provider Ongo Homes is responsible for four blocks in Scunthorpe and, following a meeting with its board, it's now committed to fitting fire sprinklers.

It's the first council area in East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire to make the pledge after the devastating Grenfell Tower fire in London.

The company has now written to all the residents who live in its high-rise buildings, it says.

Two wheels good: Bikers get into gear for Louth get-together

Alex Rhodes

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

If you're a bit of a motor head then you won't want to miss this...


Thousands of motorbikes are expected to descend on a Lincolnshire market town later.

It's Louth Bike night and all the proceeds will go to the local Lions club.

Boston Christmas lights fund hits £10k milestone

Harry Parkhill

Reporter, BBC Radio Lincolnshire

A community group in Boston has raised £10,000 so far for the town's Christmas celebration.

A lack of festive lights was branded as dismal by residents last year after the council said it couldn't afford new ones.

This is what they looked like:


The Christmas in Boston Group has been asking businesses to help pay for this year's display.

All in a day's work for Grimsby firefighters

Gill Sennett

BBC Local Live

Not sure this is an emergency, but perhaps firefighters in Grimsby are waiting below to catch any falling fledglings.

Loving this photo from Humberside Fire and Rescue:

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Warning after spate of car robberies in Lincoln

Alex Rhodes

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

A spate of robberies from cars across Lincoln and surrounding areas has been reported.

Police say that since 23 June there've been 26 reports from car owners who've had items like sat navs, handbags, phones and work tools stolen from their vehicles.

Offenders have smashed car windows or got into insecure vehicles during all hours of day and night, according to police.

The list of all the areas targeted can be found here.

We are experiencing a significant increase in theft from vehicles across our neighbourhoods. We have a targeted operation in place and resources tasked to patrol specific areas, amongt other investigative work."

Insp Pat CoatesLincolnshire Police

Tree falls onto car containing motorist

Lincolnshire Echo

A man had to be rescued from a car after a tree fell on top of it outside Lincoln Railway Station.

Lincolnshire Echo

Views sought over police plans for new Grimsby custody suite

Local residents in Grimsby are being asked for their views on Humberside Police's plans to build a new custody suite in the town.

Cell doors in a police station

The suite would replace current custody facilities at Grimsby and Scunthorpe police stations, which the force says are outdated.

The police stations themselves would continue to operate, the force says.

A public information session is being held today at the West Marsh Community Centre in Grimsby.

Pride before a fall? Lincoln's 'Proud Knight' needs a little TLC

Alex Rhodes

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

If you're trying to complete Lincoln's Knights' Trail today, first of all well done for braving the weather.

But also let me warn you that you're likely to struggle...

That's because the "Proud Knight" has been taken down:

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This is what he looks like in his full glory. Hopefully he'll be back soon:

Proud Knight
Leah Goldberg

Leak forces closure of Scunthorpe library

Gill Sennett

BBC Local Live

Riddings Library on Keelby Road in Scunthorpe has had to close until further notice.

Riddings Library

It's because of a leak in the roof.

North Lincolnshire Council says the nearest alternative libraries are Ashby and Bottesford.

Bikers attempt Castle to Coast to Castle challenge

Alex Rhodes

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

More than 600 cyclists are taking part in a 100-mile charity bike ride in Lincolnshire today, but sadly they don't exactly have the weather for it...

The Castle to Coast to Castle event hopes to raise more than £25,000 for local charities and it does what it says on the tin.

They left from Lincoln Rugby Club in Nettleham this morning:

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Jack O'Hern is one of the organisers and he's urging for people to brave the drizzle and cheer them on:

All support is really helpful and it really encourages flagging riders. A lot have never done 100 miles before so it can be very tough."

Jack O'HernCastle to Coast to Castle organiser

Skegness school back open – but the Welcome Inn is flooded AGAIN

Skegness Standard

A Skegness school was back open this morning after its playground was flooded yesterday following heavy rainfall – but the misery has continued for a local pub.

Skegness Standard